Just think how nice it would be to enjoy the fruits of your labour by biting into a fresh vegetable right from your own yard.
In May, vegetable transplants are available in cell packs, 4” pots and 6” pots. A little later, larger pots of bushy tomatoes with a good head start come in too, to bring you closer to harvesting time.
Our selection may include broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, celery, cucumbers, eggplant, kale, leeks, lettuce, melons, onions, peppers, squash and tomatoes.
Plan out your garden in advance. Decide which vegetables you would like to grow and how much space each one will require. Research which varieties are best for your area and which ones have great qualities and provide the best flavor. Overcrowding plants is not a good idea. Give them ample room to grow so that they will give you a much better yield. They will also need good air circulation to keep diseases from developing. Rotate each crop every year to a new location. This will help prevent insects and diseases from starting.
Place your vegetable garden in full sun, where it should get at least 6-8 hours of sunshine.
Prepare the bed in early spring and amend the soil with compost or manure. Some cooler season crops, such as peas, onions, cabbage, lettuce, spinach and kale can be planted up to 3 to 6 weeks before the last frost date depending on the variety. Otherwise, wait a couple of weeks after frost date to plant the rest of the garden. To extend your harvest, you can plant crops in succession. Simply wait a few weeks and plant again.
Container gardening is another option when you don’t have enough space to grow. Ensure your planters have adequate drainage holes. Fill pots with Organic Potting Mix. Good choices to try would be tomatoes, peppers, onions, some root crops and herbs. You can even locate these on the patio in decorative planters, so long as they get ample sun. This keeps them close by for ease of watering and harvesting.
Remember to provide support for taller crops. This will help keep the vegetables from sitting in the ground and rotting. Feed with an organic vegetable food throughout the season.